Jewish Cultural Quarter, Amsterdam

Lara Bongard: The girl who crossed the river with a tablecloth


In 2019, Lara Bongard was given a hundred-year-old Shabbat tablecloth. It’s all that remains of her East-European grandparents’ Jewish heritage.

Her curiosity awakened, she begins looking into her family’s Jewish history, hoping to find out more about who she is and her place in the world. Her grandparents had never talked about their history with the family. Searching further, she comes to Ukraine and Israel, where she finds traces of the lost world her grandparents left behind.

Lara reinterprets these traces using photos, textile, sound and drawings. She combines these with archive material, mixing in Yiddish stories, symbols and mythology to create a multimedia artwork.


Visit this exhibition at the Art Gallery in the Jewish Museum, Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1 in Amsterdam.


With one admission ticket, you can visit exhibitions at all of the Jewish Cultural Quarter’s locations. You also have free admission to all events (unless otherwise indicated). Museumkaart holders do not need to purchase an admission ticket


About LUCA.breakout

This project was realized with support from the #LUCAbreakout fund. LUCA School of Arts pools resources to support students, researchers, teachers and employees willing to put LUCA on the map. A central budget provides low-threshold support for well-defined initiatives.